The Mets acquired Gene Woodling on June 15, 1962 when they purchased his contract from the Washington Senators. Woodling was a 10-year veteran and former All-Star outfielder who was nearing the end of his career.
Reunited with his former manager Casey Stengel, who managed Woodling when he played for the Yankees, he made his Mets debut on June 17 against the Chicago Cubs as the Mets starting leftfielder. He went 2-4 with an RBI. He would finish out the season as a part time player and pinch hitter appearing in 81 games. He hit a respectable .274 with 5 home runs and 24 RBIs. He enjoyed one four hit game with the Mets on August 15 when he went 4-7 in the Mets 13 inning loss to the Phillies.
The Mets released Woodling during Spring Training in 1963. It is wildly believed that the Mets decided to release Woodling after he had criticized the front office for their handling of Marv Throneberry’s contract and not because he was a 40-year-old outfielder.
While with the Mets Woodling wore number 11.
Gene Woodling also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 1952-1954
Cleveland Indians – 1955-1957
Baltimore Orioles – 1955, 1958-1960
Washington Senators – 1961,1962